So, we decided to have some fun with our soloists and staff for Opera For The People. Because we’re like that.
First up, Grace Gori, mezzo soprano. Ms. Gori will sing several pieces this weekend. Tickets are available online now.
VCS: What you love most about being on stage.
GG: When things are really “working” and we performers are really communicating with our audience, it’s as if there’s electricity in the air, sort of like an energy feedback loop between the audience and the performers. It’s really exciting to feel that people are being touched by what we are creating on stage.
VCS: We say “opera,” you think?
GG: I think the world’s greatest music creating bigger-than-life drama.
VCS: Opera is better than ….?
VCS: Before you go on stage you…
GG: I make sure all the zippers, hooks and buttons on my costume are securely fastened so that the only show I put on is the one intended by the composer!
VCS: Things you wish the audience would do when the lights go down.
GG: Forget their everyday lives and let themselves be transported into another time and place…preferably the one being presented onstage. (Although I have enjoyed several very nice naps during performances of Wagner’s “Siegfried”.)
VCS: Things you wish you could do when the lights go down.
GG: Run! (just kidding….)
VCS: When the show is over you…
GG: Love to relax with my family.
VCS: Habanera, a la the Muppets. Yes? No? Discuss!
GG: Ah, Beeker, bearing a rose as he skittishly pours forth the sensuous melody, the sudden, violent interruptions by Animal, the final devouring by the outsized Swedish Chef: obviously a symbolic and deeply nuanced interpretation of the piece, far beyond my ability to completely comprehend. I defer to minds greater than my own in this matter.
This, by the way, is the Muppets rendition of Habanera. You’re welcome. 🙂